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Are you following the most socially active CIOs on Twitter?

May 04, 2017 by Syed under General955 views
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Twitter has invariably become the most powerful and preferred social media platform for the world leaders. The CIOs of the top companies across the globe are fully aware of the monstrous potential of this social media channel. Twitter has increasingly emerged as a powerful learning tool and the business leaders leverage this media to learn and empower themselves.

Most of these influential business leaders tweet their thoughts on IT innovations, organization news, and tech trends. The CIOs use Twitter to also reach out to other influential business leaders in the digital ecosystem. This digital tool helps the CIOs to interact with potential customers and other leaders in the business, hence increasing the brand recognition and loyalty. In fact, Twitter also provides an excellent and engaging platform to these business leaders to enhance both their personal and professional identity.

However, there are many powerful business leaders in the world who do not have a Twitter account. Also, it is interesting to see how some leaders’ in spite having a presence on Twitter hardly uses this digital tool. For example, Microsoft CIO Jim DuBois (@MSIT) tweeted for the last time on July 14, 2016. He has 443 followers.
But then, there are many CIOs, who are very much active on Twitter and adopt this social media channel to boost the professional and personal brand.

Let take a quick look at five most popular and followed CIOs and thought leaders in the world on Twitter. And if you want to know what these business leaders think and share, start following them:

 

David A Bray
David A Bray
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David A Bray

CIO for the Federal Communications Commission
@fcc_cio
Followers: 111,225
Tweets: 32,190

One of the most valued thought leaders in the world of IT, David has been walking away with all the titles related to “most popular social CIOs” in the world. He is an avid user of Twitter and updates all his followers on tech, data, leadership and more. One can also find vast information on the conferences he attends as a speaker too. His leadership mantra is also reflected in his Twitter bio, which subtly mentions: “Leadership is Passion to Improve Our World.”


Tim Crawford
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Tim Crawford

CIO Strategic Advisor, AVOA
@tcrawford
Followers: 12,974
Tweets: 44,115

Tim Crawford is certainly an active member of Twitter. Twitterati must be immensely pleased with him because he routinely notifies the world about CIOs, CEOs, big data, IoT, cloud, and analytics.


Adam Stanley
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Adam Stanley

Global CIO of Cushman & Wakefield
@ALSWharton
Followers: 12,915
Tweets: 26,345

As the global CIO of one of the world’s leading commercial real estate services, one could only imagine the kind of work pressure has every day. Yet, Adam makes it a point to keep the world updated about tech, start-ups, and everything happening in the world of real estate. He found mention in Vala Afshar’s article on Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter 2016.


David Chou
David Chou
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David Chou

Chief information and digital officer at Children’s Mercy Kansas City
@dchou1107
Followers: 10,654
Tweets: 71,829

Digital technology is transforming heathcare sector in a huge way. David Chou habitually informs the Twitter world about how technology can help the healthcare organization grow. Also, he shares delightful information about social media users and everything digital.


Mike D Kail
Mike D Kali
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Mike D Kail

Chief Innovation Officer at Cybric
@mdkail
Followers: 10,276
Tweets: 21,708

After serving as the CIO at Yahoo, Mike Kail joined Cybric, a year-old software security firm headquartered in Boston. He is superbly active on Twitter and shares information on his talks and anything and everything related to cyber security.


Indian CIOs

Surprisingly, but not many CIOs of top Indian companies are active on Twitter. While some of them do have a Twitter presence, which dates back to 2008-2009, few of them leverage the social media platform to share his personal or professional thoughts. However, most Indian CIOs do have LinkedIn accounts. Here are the five most active and followed Indian CIOs on Twitter.

 

Ravi Bhandari
Ravi Bhandari
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Ravi Bhandari

CIO: Parallels and Meridians
@RaviBhandari_
Followers: 11,279
Tweets: 17

A travel freak, Ravi had traveled across rural India for three months on local transport. His extreme passion for travel gave birth to the company, Parallels, and Meridians. Though he has been on Twitter since August 2014, he only has 17 tweets to his name. The last time he was active on Twitter was in November 2016. However, that hardly makes a difference because he is one of the most followed Indian CIOs on Twitter.


Anjani Kumar
Anjani Kumar
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Anjani Kumar

Global CDO and CIO for International businesses of Collabera including India
 @anjaniglobal
Followers: 3,426
Tweets: 3,177

A die-hard techie at heart, Anjani also mentions in his Twitter bio that he is a foodie. He tweets about IoT a lot and also reaches out to his followers to thank them for following him on the social networking platform. Before working with Collabora, Kumar has worked with IBM for 14 years and then moved on to become the CIO of Safexpress.


Avinash Velhal
Avinash Velhal
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Avinash Velhal

Group CIO at Atos international
@avelhal
Followers: 2,766
Tweets: 6,147

Avinash and tech are inseparable. A digital evangelist, he is a socially active Indian CIO. Avinash enjoys being on Twitter and enlightens his followers on fintech, cyber security, IoT and big data.


Aneesh Nair
Aneesh Nair
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Aneesh Nair

Co-Founder & CIO for NDTV eCommerce
@aneeshnair‏
Followers: 1,951
Tweets: 7,415

Google “Who are India’s most social CIOs on Twitter?” and his name pops up. He is an avid user of this social networking tool for the past six years. He regularly updates his followers on the latest trends in e-commerce, cyber security and IT infrastructure and of course tech.


Jagdish Belwal
Jagdish Belwal
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Jagdish Belwal

International CIO, GE Transportation
@Jeyceebee
Followers: 1,586
Tweets: 3,082

This ex-CIO of Tata Motors visits Twitter to share his thoughts of IoT and digitalization. He also keeps updating the world about the latest news of GE Transportation.


 

There is no denying the power of social media in the ever-increasing digital ecosystem today. Twitter has a proven track record of enhancing the personal and professional brand of C-level leaders apart from being a great learning tool.

Aji Issac Mathew (@AjiTechShu), CEO and Co-Founder of Indus Net Techshu also recently posted on his social media account how Twitter has become “the ultimate learning machine.” “I thought #Google was the biggest #teacher, then I found #YouTube & then I found #Twitter, the ultimate #learning machine,” he said.

Reference: Huff Post, i-cio.com, Slideshare, Vala Afshar, followerwonk, Economic Times, cio.com, Forbes

 

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